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Shir Joy Chorus Announces New Director

Nan A. Kaipanen Gibbons has been named the new director of the Shir Joy Chorus.

Founded in 2011, the Shir Joy Chorus is dedicated to learning, sharing and performing Jewish music from ancient to modern times.

An accomplished composer, arranger, and choral artist, Gibbons is also the collaborative artistic director of the Band of Voices Community Chorus in Barre, Worcester Bedside Singers, and Wiogora School of Wonder and Wisdom, a Harry Potter-Themed educational community in Worcester.

She teaches at the Joy of Music Program in Worcester and Nashoba Montessori School in Lancaster. She taught in the New York Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Urban Voices Choral Initiative for 12 years. She is an alumna of Lesley University where she majored in art and music, and continued to earn a Master of Education degree in Music. She also has an MA in Theology and the Arts from Andover Newton Theological School where she concentrated on Arts and Pastoral Care.

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